The GnuMad Cup – 25th March 2017


The Flying Dutchman

Secret Phantom heads a quality field that is set to do battle down at the River Nile Delta Racecourse,  in Saturday’s renewal of the GnuMAD cup. The race boasts a proud history and looks set to provide another fascinating spectacle. He knows the course and distance and runs for Pierre Strydom. 

The Lost In The Fog runner Bright Blessed Day has great form but faces a very different hurdle here. The daughter of Moustache Uranium has won her last two starts and could raise her game again. Woodchucker has always been a noted producer of good stayers. Given his background and education in the game, he seems to enjoy a good slog with anybody brave enough to take him on, he brings the 9yo Steele Starz for another bid at glory.

Triple Crown winner and superhero Relaunch spearheads the Angel’s Flight attack and he is a powerful galloper with the temperament for the big occasion.

Patrobas won two legs of the Triple Crown, he hails from the powerful Manor Park Stud stable. It should be a tactical teeth grinder – and not the only one on the day between these top stables!

A couple of top league hardknockers, Big Bad Headhoncho, Mr Gizmo and Addie Over Manor muddles the picture. That said, they will all be out trying for their lives and beware history’s warning of a possible bolt from the blue.

Race field

# Form Horse Stable Jockey Final Odds
1 1,1,1,2,1 Secret Phantom Dixon Racing Pierre Strydom N/A
2 2,2,3,1,1 Bright Blessed Day Lost In The Fog Eunice Lapin N/A
3 1,1,2,2,1 Steele Starz woodchuckers Della Wesche N/A
4 1,3,1,1,1 Relaunch Angel’s Flight Nguyet Yelton N/A
5 1,1,1,1,2 Patrobas Manor Park Stud !Michelle Llarenas! N/A
6 3,1,1,2,1 Big Bad Headhoncho Burgersfortheboyz Ossie Wenstrand N/A
7 1,1,2,1,1 Mr Gizmo Bones Graveyard Stud Fern Schermer N/A
8 2,5,1,1,1 Donkey’s Bones Bones Graveyard Stud Margherita Cieslik N/A
9 1,1,1,1,2 Addie Over Manor Addictive Racing Tori Kadi N/A
10 6,9,1,5,3 Himself Luhhan Dotties Stables !Eduardo Arender! N/A
11 3,4,3,2,3 Twisty Moon Gray Dog Stables Sharen Schlichter N/A
12 1,1,1,1,3 Ashes Deleted Royal Velvet Stables Stacie Sweazey N/A
13 1,2,1,2,1 Sark Kachiko Greystones Leonor Coen N/A
14 1,7,1,1,2 Noma’s Patra Sim Wild Hawk Racing Rosio Provazek N/A


1. Secret Phantom

10yo stallion from Dixon Racing, Career earnings: $13,403,350
Overall rating: Majestic(83) – Fast finisher
Born:Sat 24th Jan 2015, bred by Goresbridge Stud
Lineage:By Dead Cat Bounce out of Eeyore Alan

Stable comments: – “From very humble beginnings Secret Phantom has grown into a powerhouse long runner and one of the stable all time favorites. He has done it all – won world cups, broken world records, dominated his league opponents and sired some classy runners – I’m hoping he can finish his career on a high, a fitting end to a humble start.”

2. Bright Blessed Day

6yo mare from Lost In The Fog, Career earnings: $1,458,062
Overall rating: Marvelous(75) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 1st Jan 2016, bred by Lost In The Fog

Stable comments: – “Secret Phantom getting the rail should have a slight advantage. Big Bad Head Honcho & Mr. Gizmo are two other quality contenders. I nearly ran last years Gnu winner in the final(Devils Lil Sister), but I wanted to rest and breed her. Instead, Bright Blessed Day, the head of my next wave of runners is having a go. She’s much younger than most, but her last couple runs were sensational. With some racing luck she could crack the top 3.”

3. Steele Starz

9yo stallion from woodchuckers, Career earnings: $9,718,216
Overall rating: Marvelous(78) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 3rd Apr 2015, bred by woodchuckers
Lineage:By Americain out of Venus Starz

Stable comments: – “In for a penny in for a pound what that mean, anyway Steele Starz is in the final of the GNU. Steele has been a lot of fun to race. Has a resume full of the up and downs of racing. With the highlights winning the odd WC cup to the low lights the injuries through age cups to the present. He finds a way to compete, I feel he outclassed in this cup but have horse will race so here he is. Who can win times good dead it a one horse race Secret Phantom by a margin.”

4. Relaunch

8yo stallion from Angel’s Flight, Career earnings: $8,172,100
Overall rating: Marvelous(77) – Competitive
Born:Fri 3rd Jul 2015, bred by Full Moon Stable
Lineage:By Money Bag out of Lihin The Sun

Stable comments: – “Stepping up playing against the Big Boys on the race circuit. Relaunch is a season away to really contend and thought it would be great for the experience and to test his mettle a bit. Secret PhantomMr Gizmo and Addie Over Manor are the elder statesman of the group and the ones to beat. There are a lot of future competitors who names will be among the stars in the seasons to come.”

5. Patrobas

7yo stallion from Manor Park Stud, Career earnings: $7,175,622
Overall rating: Marvelous(77) – Competitive
Born:Fri 2nd Oct 2015, bred by Manor Park Stud
Lineage:By Blue Tyndareus out of Serenity

Stable comments: – “

6. Big Bad Headhoncho

9yo stallion from Burgersfortheboyz, Career earnings: $6,514,981
Overall rating: Marvelous(79) – Fast finisher
Born:Fri 3rd Apr 2015, bred by Sootie
Lineage:By Like A Boss out of Charlie Unit

Stable comments: – “Our stable was hoping for a good track, unfortunately after 7 days of constant sunshine the track is still dead which will bring all the natural champions straight into calculations. Still, our colt has matured in temperament in the last 2 seasons and is starting to reach his true potential. Secret Phantom has had a stellar career and a group 1 swan song would be very befitting for the stallion. Relaunch never goes down without a fight either.”

7. Mr Gizmo

10yo stallion from Bones Graveyard Stud, Career earnings: $6,624,461
Overall rating: Majestic(81) – Fast finisher
Born:Fri 2nd Jan 2015, bred by St Simon Racing
Lineage:By Blue Proteus out of Mollie Shadow

Stable comments: – “There some good horses and trainers in the race so all I can say is you got to be in it to win.”

8. Donkey’s Bones

7yo stallion from Bones Graveyard Stud, Career earnings: $1,255,975
Overall rating: Tremendous(74) – Fast finisher
Born:Fri 2nd Oct 2015, bred by Angel’s Flight
Lineage:By Cee Eee Oh out of Stella Artois

Stable comments: – “See comments above.”

9. Addie Over Manor

10yo stallion from Addictive Racing, Career earnings: $8,681,314
Overall rating: Majestic(83) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 2nd Jan 2015, bred by Meadowbrook
Lineage:By Stud Perfecto out of Khaleesi

Stable comments: – “What a race this should be, a couple of old timers looking to go out on top and some youngsters looking to out on top. Dead tracks makes it a pretty even race for everyone but my money is going on Secret Phantom and Mr Gizmo. Addie Over Manor is a chance but needs to be right at his best to win.”

10. Himself Luhhan

10yo mare from Dotties Stables, Career earnings: $4,489,009
Overall rating: Majestic(84) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 2nd Jan 2015, bred by Riddley Walker Racin
Lineage:By Damascus out of La Markse

Stable comments: – “It should be a cracking race as the field is very strong. Himself Luhhan is rested and hoping for a top 5 finish.”

11. Twisty Moon

9yo stallion from Gray Dog Stables, Career earnings: $5,429,612
Overall rating: Tremendous(73) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 3rd Apr 2015, bred by Gray Dog Stables
Lineage:By Emerald Stud out of Both Tete

Stable comments: – “Twisty Moon should be in the running but strong competition and facing owners who have a better handle on long distances have me hoping for a top 5 finish here.”

12. Ashes Deleted

10yo mare from Royal Velvet Stables, Career earnings: $3,335,500
Overall rating: Marvelous(77) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 2nd Jan 2015, bred by Royal Velvet Stables
Lineage:By Street Stroke out of Strata Sim

Stable comments: – “

13. Sark Kachiko

10yo stallion from Greystones, Career earnings: $3,206,797
Overall rating: Grand(67)
Born:Fri 13th Feb 2015, bred by Greystones

Stable comments: – “I think Sark needs further, but he’s fit and well.”

14. Noma’s Patra Sim

10yo stallion from Wild Hawk Racing, Career earnings: $2,913,506
Overall rating: Tremendous(72) – Stalker
Born:Fri 9th Jan 2015, bred by JB Racing
Lineage:By Do The Math out of Larstaggen Mista

Stable comments: – “

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